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The Holiday Season is here and we've got something special just for you!
Read on and find out what we've been up to...
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__  Extended Gallery Hours

Due to popular demand, we will now be open until late every Thursday and Friday.

Enjoy the gallery, kitchen and bar afterhours starting from 5PM for some late night fun!

See the best Indigenous artworks Brisbane has to offer with Native inspired food and drinks to boot - there's no better place to wind down after a long week's work.

📍 300 Adelaide St.
🕓 Every Thursday & Friday Until Late | FREE Entry
Walk-Ins welcome or Book a table here
__  Stories Retold Exhibition
The Indigenous Artists' Showcase may have just wrapped up last week but as an early Christmas present to you, our latest 'Stories Retold' exhibition will be opening to the public starting this Friday.

This show will consist of a number of artworks that have either toured in various galleries throughout the country, or have not had a chance on the spotlight due to COVID related restrictions.

Nevertheless, these works have returned home and we can't wait to share them all with you. 

If that's not enough to draw your attention, our latest addition to the crew, Wellborn, will also be revealing 3 new exciting artworks in this exhibition!
This free exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, 3 December
__  Cherbourg Community Mural
Painted Friday 19th & Saturday 20th of November

With Kane Brunjes leading the project, Birrunga Wiradyuri and Stevie O'Chin lent their skills to paint a mural for the Cherbourg Community to enjoy for years to come.

Read below to find out more about the artwork design. 

Running through the center of the mural is the Rainbow Serpent with the story of the three circles connecting throughout the piece. 

The First Circle, the inner circle, is Self or Individual.

The Second, the middle circle, is Family, Relationships, and Community.

The Third, the outer and largest circle, is the World and Universe.

The importance is in moving across these three circles in cycles regularly as we need to focus on different parts of ourselves. Moving in a cycle, like the seasons, these three different areas of focus is where the balance is found.

The painted Boomerangs are stories shared by Students from the Silver Lining school and young People from Cherbourg - all connecting with the story of the Rainbow Serpent, and the three circles.

 
We acknowledge and thank Cr Fred Cobbo and Cr Leighton Costello for their permission to come into Community and produce this work.
 
We also acknowledge Phil Carlo who cooked up a feed for the young fellas on the Friday. 
 
We acknowledge and thank the people of Cherbourg for their kind words for having us on Country. 
 
We acknowledge and thank the young fellas who came in and cleared up the site for us so we could produce the work. 
__  Finally Fridays

Be holiday ready and join us for the last market day in 2021.

Expect to see a wide range of handmade jewelry, apparel and skincare - perfect for gifts this holiday season.

If you're still looking for a memorable gift or that one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer, best bet you'll find it here!

📍 300 Adelaide St.
🕓 Friday, 10 December | From 5PM
__ End-of-Year Community Catch Up

You're invited!

Join us in the gallery on 17 December for an end-of-year celebration and catch up.

Birrunga Wiradyuri and CEO, Suzanne Goodchild, will be speaking on the night to review the year gone, and address what's ahead for us and our growing community in the year coming.

The idea really is to have a way for everyone to spend a little time together before the year ends, in a relaxed way.

Cash counter for dining and drinks will be available throughout the evening.

View our dine-in menu here.

Bookings are essential (and free!)
Get your tickets here

📍 300 Adelaide St.
🕓 Friday, 17 December | 5PM
__ Last Minute Bookings

Only a few weeks away from Christmas... It's not too late to get your party sorted!

Take the weight off your shoulders and let our mob handle it - whether it's at the gallery or in your office, we've got you covered from A to Z.

Book with confidence today and you'll also receive 10% off your first function/catering order.

Impress your guests with our signature Native inspired canapes and dishes. Click here to see our full catering menu.

And if you're searching for the perfect present, we have a number Indigenous handmade products available throughout the gallery. We can also organise corporate giftpacks, big or small.

Still can't quite decide on what to get someone this holiday season?

You can't go wrong by giving them the gift of choice!

Birrunga Gallery gift vouchers can be used for anything in the gallery.

Use it like cash and choose from a wide range of artworks, handmade retail goods, and even food and drinks from the café.

Nominate any amount you'd like - starting from $10 to $10,000.

We've got everything you need under one roof... 

Act quick and get in touch with our mob today!

📞 07 3705 5742
📩 reception@birrunga.com.au
🌐 https://birrunga.com.au/contact-us/
__   IITOQ

In early November 2021, the Hon. Minister Sterling Hinchcliffe (Queensland Minister for Tourism Innovation and Sport & Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement), officially acknowledged and recognised the Independent Indigenous Tourism Operators of Queensland (IITOQ), stating:

"The establishment of Queensland’s first Indigenous tourism peak body is a significant milestone for the Indigenous tourism sector and indeed the wider tourism industry of Queensland."

This is indeed a significant milestone; a significant step forward in creating genuine opportunity for First Nations cultural tourism products to service the growing demands for engagement with our unique offerings in truly self determinate models of enterprise, on our own terms. It creates an Indigenous Tourism Economy that services and supports a range of subsidiary industries.

This is a major paradigm shift.

Our Board is set and our website is close to being finalised. We have the first of a number of corporate partnerships established such as with K&L Gates providing IITOQ ongoing pro bono legal support regarding matters of governance, directorship and compliance, as well as partnering with Gadens - represented by Senior Partner, Brad Marland, in a specialist Board position.

We will be launching our membership drive in the very near future.

Watch this space.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to be in the know!
__   Kane's Bronze Bees @ West Village

Kane Brunjes' 2019 Mural project with Sekisui House, West Village, has taken a large step forward with Kane’s bees along with the story of the works being cast into bronze and placed strategically by Kane, Stevie O’Chin and Birrunga on site within the West Village precinct.

These images show the works loosely placed during the installation consultation, as well as the plaque with the story of the works.

We thank Sekisui House and West Village for their ongoing support and engagement.

We look forward to the opening of the installed works. 
__  Back In Action for 2022

2021 has been quite a ride and we can't believe we're almost at the end of it.

With every year that goes by our community continues to grow and we couldn't thank you enough for being a part of it all. 

We're going to hit the ground running for 2022 so we suggest you keep an eye out for the latest news as the new year rolls in!

Open until 24 December, 2021

Back in action on 4 January, 2022
UPCOMING __
__  Blak Day Out in 2022

A deadly line up of First Nations artists.

Bringing together some of the deadliest musicians, BLAK DAY OUT reclaims space in the music industry for First Nations artists to celebrate sovereignty, music and community.

From throw blak's to the pop matriarchs Shakaya to the new kids on the block The Ancient Bloods to the sovereign bars of BARKAA this event is a celebration Indigenous music.

Co-curated by Alethea Beetson and Jhindu-Pedro from Blak Social, the swag of Blak excellence will take over The Tivoli for one night only.

Artwork made by Desirai Art.

Support our First Nations creatives and come along!

📍 The Tivoli
📅 Friday, 28 January, 2022
🎟 https://thetivoli.com.au/events/blak-day-out
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Our venue serves as a safe space for everyone to enjoy. 


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Birrunga Gallery Mob
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